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Why Evolution is the Most Contested Theory

Why Evolution is the Most Contested Theory

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Published by: Abu-Isa Webb on Dec 22, 2011
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Why Evolution is the Most Contested TheoryORA Tip on Teaching Science
By: Taylor Webb
Religion is often said to be relied upon for the “why” whereas science canbe trusted only with the “how.” This is true, but for a reason different than
most people
assume. First of all, the assumption is that somehow “why” is a
more profound or important question, which is often not the case. Second, the
answers that many religions and cults give to the “why” questions are assumed
to be more satisfactory because they explore the question more instead of 
saying “there is no „why,‟ it just happens.” The mistake is thinking that talking
about or considering a question more leads automatically to a more reliableanswer, and that a more reliable answer is more correct. The
problem with “why” is that it is ambiguous, and it secretly hides two
questions. The first question, the one that comes to the mind of the scientist
and draws him in is “what is the reason…?” This is firmly within the realm of 
science and is a perfectly reasonable question to ask. The problem is that
“why” is also secretly asking “what is the purpose…?” This question is not
really answerable in science, it is not a question of empirical facts or reasoning.What ends up happening is that a scientist gets himself dug into a hole by 
answering ”why” and gets cornered when the circumstances subtly change the
quest from reason to purpose.An example: Why does the Earth rotate around the Sun? The scientistwill explain the rotation of the planets, gravity, centrifugal force, maybe evensome Einstein or quantum theory, but he will never answer (nor be able to
answer) “what is the purpose of 
astronomical momentum
So by asking “why”
the Earth rotates around the Sun one is really setting science up for failure.Best
to avoid “why” all together, and here‟s another reason to do so:
“Why” totally screws up evolution
ary theory. Imagine you are learningabout evolution, you are a young mind just beginning to be moulded. When
asking “why” you are not so stubbornly on science‟s side to ignore purpose in
favour of reason, and this is disastrous for your understanding of evolution.
“Why don‟t humans have hair like other apes?” “Because the ability to sweat
allowed them to travel faster and farther in the hot savannah
.” Good rea
son,terrible purpose.

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